Ohio State Fair accident blamed on corrosion

August 6, 2017, 8:34 PM

The collapse of the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair last month that killed one rider was the result of "excessive corrosion," according to a statement by Dutch manufacturer KMG BV.

"It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years. This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation."

The Afterburner ride operating as Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair was 18 years old, according to the company.

"KMG has reviewed the results of the inspection and worked with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol in the form of a Safety Bulletin to allow properly inspected and maintained rides to safely reopen."

KMG had issued an order to operators to stop running the Afterburner rides after the accident, pending the result of the investigation. Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, died at the scene when one of the arms of the Fire Ball ride collapsed on July 26.


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